nfl en Advisers aren't doing Michael Sam any favors <p></p><div><p>When Michael Sam told his University of Missouri teammates he was gay before last season, it wasn’t a big deal. It’s a safe bet that NFL teams – who know what kind of gum their prospects chew – already knew this, too. But when Sam came out publicly, it changed the equation.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The NFL has already had gay players, so that’s not new. But publicly declaring you’re gay is new – and so is the onslaught of media attention.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 17715 at Advisers aren't doing Michael Sam any favors 'The time is now,' says Detroit Lions' new head coach <p>The Detroit Lions introduced the team's new head coach today.</p><p><a href="">Jim Caldwell</a> comes to the Lions after being part of two Super Bowl-winning teams. He also led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl in 2010, only to lose to the New Orleans Saints.</p><p>Caldwell says he’s already talked with Lions players about winning a National Football League championship.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:24:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 16045 at 'The time is now,' says Detroit Lions' new head coach Super Bowl XLVII: A 20-to-1 ratio of ads to action <p></p><p>Super Bowl XLVII provided us with thrills, spills and record electric bills – plus a football game somewhere in there.&nbsp;</p><p>Congratulations!&nbsp;</p><p>You not only survived that annual orgy of conspicuous consumption called the Super Bowl, you also survived the two weeks of endless stories without news that lead up to the big day.&nbsp;</p><p>And when the big game arrives, what is our reward?&nbsp; On the <em>one</em> day we actually look forward to watching TV ads, they were so bland and boring and just plain bad, we had no choice but to turn our attention to the actual football game. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 11141 at Super Bowl XLVII: A 20-to-1 ratio of ads to action Former NFL players to attend new UM business school program <p>The University of Michigan will receive some unusual applicants next year.<br><br>Several dozen current and former National Football League players are expected to apply to the Ross Business School to learn how to open franchise businesses.<br><br>Dubbed the "NFL Franchising Boot Camp," the program will educate 30 of these athletes from across the country about the ins and outs of running a food, hotel or fitness chain.<br><br>During the four-day program this April, former professional football players will stay on the Ann Arbor campus and attend workshops with the school's faculty and business owners. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:28:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10323 at Former NFL players to attend new UM business school program Former Wolverine sues NFL, others over head injuries <p>A former National Football League player from Michigan filed a lawsuit yesterday against the league and four others for failing to warn him of football-related head injuries, reports the Associated Press.</p><p>Derrick Walker lives in West Bloomfield, and he began his football career playing for the University of Michigan Wolverines where he served as co-captain in the &#39;80s.&nbsp; Since then, the plaintiff went on to play tight end professionally for the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders.&nbsp;</p><p>Over that time period, Walker&#39;s lawsuit says he was concussed multiple times which led to memory loss, difficulty concentrating, headaches and difficulty sleeping.&nbsp; Now he&#39;s seeking at least $500,000 in damages, reports the <a href="|head">Detroit Free Press</a>.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:10:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8414 at Former Wolverine sues NFL, others over head injuries New Orleans Saints overpower Detroit Lions to win NFL wildcard playoff <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">For three quarters, the Detroit Lions performed like playoff veterans.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">They led Drew Brees and the mighty New Orleans Saints at halftime. They were still right in the game heading to the fourth quarter.</span></p> Sun, 08 Jan 2012 04:37:43 +0000 The Associated Press 5689 at New Orleans Saints overpower Detroit Lions to win NFL wildcard playoff Detroit's economy could take a hit from an NFL lockout <p>The city of Detroit could face an economic hit this fall if the <a href="">National Football League</a> and <a href="">its players</a> don&rsquo;t agree on a new contract.&nbsp; How big an impact is not clear.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The current contract between NFL owners and the players association expires at midnight.&nbsp;&nbsp; Without a deal, <a href="">Ford Field</a> in Detroit will sit empty during the Lions scheduled pre-season and regular season home games this fall.</p><p>A study commissioned by the players association says $20 million&nbsp;is spent on average in NFL cities during regular season home games.&nbsp; In some cities, much more is spent.&nbsp; The <a href="">Christian Science Monitor</a> reports small businesses may pay a big price.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="">Jesse David is a senior vice president with Edgeworth Economics</a>, the company that did the study.&nbsp; David admits people will probably spend money on some form of entertainment, whether or not they go to a game, but they may not spend it in Detroit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It may be that someone else, somewhere else sees their income go up&hellip;but there&rsquo;s still going to be an effect on a group of people.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Even if they miss tonight&rsquo;s deadline, NFL owners and players still have several months before games will have to be canceled or rescheduled. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:25:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 1496 at Detroit's economy could take a hit from an NFL lockout Vikings - Giants game moves to Detroit after heavy snowfall <p><strong>Update: 10:49 a.m.:</strong></p><p>The Lions are reporting that due to "overwhelming" response, free tickets to tonight's NFL game at Ford Field are no longer being offered.</p><p><strong>Update: 12/13/10, 9:30 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Fans in downtown Detroit are lining up at Ford Field to get free tickets for tonight's NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants. Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand said on <a href="">WJR</a> this morning that there going to work to make sure everyone can be accommodated, "but I think we're going to be a little oversubscribed."</p><p>In case you haven't seen it yet, the NFL <a href="">has some impressive video of the Metrodome collapsing</a>.</p><p><strong>12/12/10, 12:45 p.m.:</strong></p><p><a href="">The New York Times</a> has put together an interactive before and after photo showing how the roof of the Metrodome deflated after heavy snowfall. The Giants and Vikings were scheduled to play there today.</p><p>The NFL moved the game to Ford Field and will be played tomorrow night (Monday) at 7:20pm. <a href="">The Detroit Free Press</a> reports it'll be the "first ever regular-season Monday Night game at Ford Field." Mon, 13 Dec 2010 15:49:21 +0000 Mark Brush 560 at Vikings - Giants game moves to Detroit after heavy snowfall